Atlantic Canada's organic food industry


Product excellence

Atlantic Canada's rich agricultural land base yields an abundance of fruits, vegetables, field crops and wild food products. Growing conditions such as lower pest pressures and moderate temperatures make the region ideally suited to organic farming. Atlantic Canada's agricultural sector was founded around the traditional values of the family farm that are often associated with organics. Today, the tradition of producing top quality organic products continues in the region.

Growing industry

Sales of organic food products in Canada reached $2 billion in 2008, with this number doubling since 2006. In Atlantic Canada, the number of certified organic farmers has increased by 70% in the last decade and 145 farmers and processors now have certification. This growth is poised to continue as exports of Atlantic Canadian organic crops to US markets has excellent potential, including berries, maple products, soybeans and quality value-added products.

Global recognition

Canada is recognized around the world as a leader in organic and food safety for which standards are regulated by the federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The "Canada Organic" logo is the assurance that these standards are met. Through an equivalency arrangement, Canada and the US fully recognize each other's standards, providing for seamless trade. Products covered by this agreement can use both the "Canada Organic" and "USDA organic" seals.

Cutting edge

Atlantic Canada is home to the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) and the Canada Research Chair in Organic Agriculture, which provide organic producers with access to cutting edge research and field trials. For detailed market and regulatory information, educational programming and business networking, producers can consult with the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN), also both located in the region.

For more information on these organizations, visit the following websites:


Organic: An Investment in our Future!

What Atlantic Canada offers

How you benefit

How we can help you to locate and succeed here

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is the federal government agency responsible for helping to build economic capacity in the Atlantic Provinces. Through a variety of programs and services, ACOA ensures companies locating in Atlantic Canada have access to a range of practical support to help them successfully develop their businesses.

For more information, contact:

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
P.O. Box 6051, 644 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick
E1C 9J8 Canada

Toll-free: 1-800-561-7862 (Canada and US)
Fax: 506-851-7403

Catalogue number: AC5-5/2010E ISBN: 978-1-100-17031-2 ACOA : 2010-10

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